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Inter-agency work in Open Dialogue: the significance of listening and authenticity
Soerlandet Hosp Trust, Dept Child & Adolescent Mental Hlth, Kristiansand S, Norway.;Univ Oslo, Inst Clin Med, Oslo, Norway..
Univ Jyvaskyla, Dept Psychol, Jyvaskyla, Finland..
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. Gjovik Univ Coll, Dept Hlth Technol & Soc, Gjovik, Norway..
2014 (English)In: Journal of Interprofessional Care, ISSN 1356-1820, E-ISSN 1469-9567, Vol. 28, no 5, p. 433-439Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The article explores what professionals regard as important skills and attitudes for generating inter-agency network meetings involving intra-and interprofessonal work. More specifically, we will examine what they understand as promoting or impeding dialogue and how this is related to their professional backgrounds. The professionals participated in a project using an open dialogue approach in order to increase the use of inter-agency network meetings with young people suffering from mental health problems. In this explorative case study, empirical data was collected through interviews conducted with two focus groups, the first comprising healthcare professionals and the second professionals from the social and educational sectors. Content analysis was used, where the main category that emerged was dialogue. To illustrate the findings achieved in the focus groups, observations of inter-agency network meetings are included. The findings describe the significance and challenges of listening and authenticity in the professionals' reflections. The healthcare workers expressed worries concerning their capacities for open and transparent dialogues, while the other professionals' emphasized the usefulness of particular techniques. Inter-agency network meetings may be improved if more awareness is placed on the significance of meeting atmosphere, dwelling on specific topics, dealing with silence and understanding how authentic self-disclosure in reflections can promote the personal growth of the participants.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Vol. 28, no 5, p. 433-439
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Focus groups, inter-agency network meetings, interprofessional work, open dialogue, social network intervention
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41503DOI: 10.3109/13561820.2014.901939ISI: 000340369400009PubMedID: 24693931OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-41503DiVA, id: diva2:923155
Available from: 2016-04-25 Created: 2016-04-11 Last updated: 2017-08-15Bibliographically approved

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